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Clay Shoot 2015.jpg Left to Right: Luke Cione, Chuck Harbison, Chris Lott, Tait Cruse, Carson Cruse, Bob Lewis and Travis Lewis enjoying the 5th Annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot 2015.

The fifth annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot returned to the Dallas Gun Club for another year of outdoor fun benefiting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation.  More than 130 people attended the event, which raised over $54,000 for childhood cancer research and programs implemented by TeamConnor.

“The Clay Shoot has grown every year and we appreciate the dedication and support of such a generous group,” said Kathryn Copple, executive director of TeamConnor. “With every dollar that is raised, we can commit more funding to prominent researchers dedicated to eradicating childhood cancer.”

Sponsors for the event included Northwestern Mutual Dallas, Partners National, Web TPA Employer Services, Sewell, Mark Vehslage, Mullis Newby Hurst LP and Scott & Reid. 

TeamConnor has donated more than $1.8 million to research institutions since it was founded in 2008, following the cancer diagnosis of four-year-old Connor Cruse who lost his battle to cancer in 2009.  

Every year, more than 12,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children; yet, the budget of the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research and treatment programs to find a cure for all childhood cancers.  

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the III Forks Golf Classic and Auction Dinner to be held May 1 – 2, 2016; Splash Out Childhood Cancer; National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Concert and Prayer Vigil; and the Color Me Green 5K. 

In addition, TeamConnor’s national Coins for Kids with Cancer program raises funds in schools, churches, offices and organizations across the country. 

For more information on TeamConnor events and how you can become a childhood cancer advocate, please visit teamconnor.org or find us at Facebook.com/TeamConnor.

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Sundance Square has kicked off the holiday season after officially lighting the Christmas Tree in downtown Fort Worth and now there is a full season of activities scheduled in the plaza. 

Choirs from the Greater Fort Worth area schools will perform on the stage in Sundance Square Plaza every Monday – Thursday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm through December 17. 

Children’s Choir of Texas (FWAFA) will perform on Wednesday, December 16 at 11:30 a.m. and Texas Boys Choir (FWAFA) will perform on Wednesday, December 16 at 12:00 p.m. Singing Girls of Texas (FWAFA) will perform on Wednesday, December 19 at 12:00 p.m.

For a complete list of choirs, please visit Sundance Square’s website http://sundancesquare.com/events/holiday-choirs/.

Sundance Square is also launching a free Friday Night Concert Series in the plaza with dates set for December 4, 11, and 18 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. December 4 will feature Gloria and Friends; December 11 Kevin Aldridge and the Appraisers take the stage in the plaza; and Luke Wade, past contender on NBC’s seventh season of The Voice, is slated for Friday, December 18 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Holiday keepsake photos with Santa will be available for only $10 each (cash only) with the proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund established by the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ Youth Scholarships. Santa will be in Sundance Square beginning November 22 through December 22. Check www.sundancesquare.com for specific times.

“This year, we have nearly doubled the times Santa Claus will be in Sundance Square Plaza to greet kids of all ages,” said Tracy Gilmour, marketing director at Sundance Square. “We really wanted to shorten the wait time for our smallest guests who are always eager to see Saint Nick. We believe parents will really appreciate the expanded times.”

The always popular New Year’s Eve festivities in Sundance Square include Professor D as the headliner. The band will take the stage at 10:30 pm and will continue to entertain the crowd until after midnight. Check www.sundancesquare.com for more details.

Sundance Square is a vibrant, award-winning entertainment district spanning 35 blocks in downtown Fort Worth. The multi-use development attracts more than 10 million visitors each year.  A one-acre outdoor plaza features restaurants, shops, water features, stage, four 32-foot umbrellas, and covered seating. For more information about Sundance Square, visit sundancesquare.com or follow the multi-use development on Facebook.com/sundancesquare or Twitter@sundancesquare.

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Sundance Square has kicked off the holiday season after officially lighting the Christmas Tree in downtown Fort Worth and now there is a full season of activities scheduled in the plaza. 

Choirs from the Greater Fort Worth area schools will perform on the stage in Sundance Square Plaza every Monday – Thursday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm through December 17. 

Arlington High School will perform on Thursday, December 17 at 12:30 p.m.

For a complete list of choirs, please visit Sundance Square’s website http://sundancesquare.com/events/holiday-choirs/.

Sundance Square is also launching a free Friday Night Concert Series in the plaza with dates set for December 4, 11, and 18 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. December 4 will feature Gloria and Friends; December 11 Kevin Aldridge and the Appraisers take the stage in the plaza; and Luke Wade, past contender on NBC’s seventh season of The Voice, is slated for Friday, December 18 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Holiday keepsake photos with Santa will be available for only $10 each (cash only) with the proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund established by the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ Youth Scholarships. Santa will be in Sundance Square beginning November 22 through December 22. Check www.sundancesquare.com for specific times.

“This year, we have nearly doubled the times Santa Claus will be in Sundance Square Plaza to greet kids of all ages,” said Tracy Gilmour, marketing director at Sundance Square. “We really wanted to shorten the wait time for our smallest guests who are always eager to see Saint Nick. We believe parents will really appreciate the expanded times.”

The always popular New Year’s Eve festivities in Sundance Square include Professor D as the headliner. The band will take the stage at 10:30 pm and will continue to entertain the crowd until after midnight. Check www.sundancesquare.com for more details. 

Sundance Square is a vibrant, award-winning entertainment district spanning 35 blocks in downtown Fort Worth. The multi-use development attracts more than 10 million visitors each year.  A one-acre outdoor plaza features restaurants, shops, water features, stage, four 32-foot umbrellas, and covered seating. For more information about Sundance Square, visit sundancesquare.com or follow the multi-use development on Facebook.com/sundancesquare or Twitter@sundancesquare.

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Sundance Square has kicked off the holiday season after officially lighting the Christmas Tree in downtown Fort Worth and now there is a full season of activities scheduled in the plaza. 

Choirs from the Greater Fort Worth area schools will perform on the stage in Sundance Square Plaza every Monday – Thursday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm through December 17. 

Young Women’s Leadership Academy will perform on Monday, December 14 at 11:00 a.m.

For a complete list of choirs, please visit Sundance Square’s website http://sundancesquare.com/events/holiday-choirs/. 

Sundance Square is also launching a free Friday Night Concert Series in the plaza with dates set for December 4, 11, and 18 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. December 4 will feature Gloria and Friends; December 11 Kevin Aldridge and the Appraisers take the stage in the plaza; and Luke Wade, past contender on NBC’s seventh season of The Voice, is slated for Friday, December 18 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Holiday keepsake photos with Santa will be available for only $10 each (cash only) with the proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund established by the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ Youth Scholarships. Santa will be in Sundance Square beginning November 22 through December 22. Check www.sundancesquare.com for specific times.

“This year, we have nearly doubled the times Santa Claus will be in Sundance Square Plaza to greet kids of all ages,” said Tracy Gilmour, marketing director at Sundance Square. “We really wanted to shorten the wait time for our smallest guests who are always eager to see Saint Nick. We believe parents will really appreciate the expanded times.”

The always popular New Year’s Eve festivities in Sundance Square include Professor D as the headliner. The band will take the stage at 10:30 pm and will continue to entertain the crowd until after midnight. Check www.sundancesquare.com for more details.

Sundance Square is a vibrant, award-winning entertainment district spanning 35 blocks in downtown Fort Worth. The multi-use development attracts more than 10 million visitors each year.  A one-acre outdoor plaza features restaurants, shops, water features, stage, four 32-foot umbrellas, and covered seating. For more information about Sundance Square, visit sundancesquare.com or follow the multi-use development on Facebook.com/sundancesquare or Twitter@sundancesquare.

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Sundance Square has kicked off the holiday season after officially lighting the Christmas Tree in downtown Fort Worth and now there is a full season of activities scheduled in the plaza. 

Choirs from the Greater Fort Worth area schools will perform on the stage in Sundance Square Plaza every Monday – Thursday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm through December 17. 

Heritage Middle School Choirs will perform on Wednesday, December 9 at 11:00 a.m.

For a complete list of choirs, please visit Sundance Square’s website http://sundancesquare.com/events/holiday-choirs/.

Sundance Square is also launching a free Friday Night Concert Series in the plaza with dates set for December 4, 11, and 18 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. December 4 will feature Gloria and Friends; December 11 Kevin Aldridge and the Appraisers take the stage in the plaza; and Luke Wade, past contender on NBC’s seventh season of The Voice, is slated for Friday, December 18 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Holiday keepsake photos with Santa will be available for only $10 each (cash only) with the proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund established by the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ Youth Scholarships. Santa will be in Sundance Square beginning November 22 through December 22. Check www.sundancesquare.com for specific times.

“This year, we have nearly doubled the times Santa Claus will be in Sundance Square Plaza to greet kids of all ages,” said Tracy Gilmour, marketing director at Sundance Square. “We really wanted to shorten the wait time for our smallest guests who are always eager to see Saint Nick. We believe parents will really appreciate the expanded times.” 

The always popular New Year’s Eve festivities in Sundance Square include Professor D as the headliner. The band will take the stage at 10:30 pm and will continue to entertain the crowd until after midnight. Check www.sundancesquare.com for more details.

Sundance Square is a vibrant, award-winning entertainment district spanning 35 blocks in downtown Fort Worth. The multi-use development attracts more than 10 million visitors each year.  A one-acre outdoor plaza features restaurants, shops, water features, stage, four 32-foot umbrellas, and covered seating. For more information about Sundance Square, visit sundancesquare.com or follow the multi-use development on Facebook.com/sundancesquare or Twitter@sundancesquare.

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Pictured from left to right: Courtney Hazlewood, Events Coordinator at TeamConnor; Melanie Corcoran, Gifts Officer at Cook Children’s; Jamie Singer, Executive Director of TeamConnor; and Carri Ann Wantuchowicz, Art’s Program Coordinator at Cook Children’s.

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation recently teamed up with Cook Children's to provide support for the hospital’s Creative Artist in Residence Programme (CARPE).  The funds, $6,000, will be used to buy art boxes personalized for children undergoing cancer treatment at the Fort Worth hospital that include paints, canvases, jewelry making materials, books, and musical instruments.

The boxes have proven to be of enormous social and therapeutic benefit to the children and their families by helping them cope with the symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences related to treatment. Once the patient is admitted, the completed boxes are delivered to the child, bringing joy and a much needed distraction during a time that is otherwise unpleasant. 

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation was founded as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 2008. TeamConnor raises funds for national childhood cancer research programs, patient programs, and to build awareness of the tremendous need for more research. Less than four percent of the National Institutes of Health’s budget supports childhood cancer research. Since TeamConnor’s inception, the organization has raised more than $1.7 million through generous donors, golf tournament, auctions, fun runs, and various other fundraising events. For more information, please visit: www.teamconnor.org.

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Pictured from left to right: Alex Beilin, member of TeamConnor Advisory Board; Kathryn Copple, Development Manager at TeamConnor; Lauren Mayberry, Child Life Specialist; Diane Moore, Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

TeamConnor Cancer Foundation recently teamed up with Children's Health to provide support for the hospital’s ART Box Program for children undergoing cancer treatments.  The funds, $12,500, will be used to buy art boxes personalized for children undergoing cancer treatment at the Dallas hospital that include paints, canvases, jewelry making materials, books, and musical instruments.

The boxes have proven to be of enormous social and therapeutic benefit to the children and their families by helping them cope with the symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences related to treatment. Once the patient is admitted, the completed boxes are delivered to the child, bringing joy and a much needed distraction during a time that is otherwise unpleasant.  

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation was founded as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 2008. TeamConnor raises funds for national childhood cancer research programs, patient programs, and to build awareness of the tremendous need for more research. Less than four percent of the National Institutes of Health’s budget supports childhood cancer research. Since TeamConnor’s inception, the organization has raised more than $1.7 million through generous donors, golf tournament, auctions, fun runs, and various other fundraising events. For more information, please visit: www.teamconnor.org.

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Raymond C. Jordan, Jr.

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation announced Raymond C. Jordan, Jr. has joined the Dallas-based non-profit’s Board of Directors. As a board member, Jordan will provide direction for the organization and support TeamConnor’s long-term mission to fund research for childhood cancers and patient programs, as well as generate more awareness about childhood cancer.

Ray Jordan is a CPA and an estate and business planning attorney with more than thirty-five years of experience. He is the founding partner of the law firm, Jordan, Houser and Flournoy, which has offices in Dallas and Frisco. He brings his knowledge in tax, accounting, and law to TeamConnor.

TeamConnor has provided more than $1.7 million in grants to the top research hospitals in the United States conducting cutting edge research of childhood cancers. The organization has also funded art activity boxes for cancer patients at Cook Children’s, Children’s Health and Children’s Medical Center Dallas. 

Every year, more than 12,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children, yet the budget of the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research and treatment programs to find a cure for all childhood cancers.  

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the III Forks Golf Classic and Auction Dinner (May), Splash Out Childhood Cancer (July), National Childhood Cancer Awareness Concert (September) and the Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot in November. In addition, TeamConnor’s national Coins for Kids with Cancer® program raises funds in schools, churches, offices and organizations across the country to help fund childhood cancer research. More information on this program can be found at www.coinsforkidswithcancer.org.

For more information on how to impact the lives of those affected by childhood cancer, visit teamconnor.org or Facebook.com/TeamConnor.

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Color Me Green 5K - Frisco Square

On October 3rd, the Frisco Square will be transformed into a Green Square for childhood cancer awareness. The 4th Annual Color Me Green 5K & Caterpillar Dash benefiting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation brings together childhood cancer patients, advocates, survivors, families and the community to raise awareness and funds to find a cure. 

The Color Me Green 5k & Caterpillar Dash kicks off with a 7:30 a.m. registration and pre-race warm-up, along with a ‘get green’ tent. The Caterpillar Dash one mile fun run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5k at 8:30 a.m. A Green Party and Awards ceremony begin at 9:30 a.m. with a video game truck, face painting, bounce house, snacks and music.

To register or for more information about Color Me Green, visit www.colormegreen5k.org.

Sponsors include Baylor Frisco Medical, Michael Johnson Performance Center, Dimples Cupcakes, Satterwhite Media, Dr Pepper/Snapple, The Egg and I, Market Street, Chris Vogeli, Athleta, POParella’s Gourmet Popcorn & Treats, Snuffers, Pizzeria Testa, Epic Carts, and Focused Family Care of Prosper and Massage Therapists Kristen Burton Moseley and Kim McLaughlin.

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Concert September 12, Northwestern Mutual 5th Annual Clay Shoot November 5 and the III Forks Golf Classic & Auction Dinner on May 3-4, 2016.  In addition, TeamConnor’s national Coins for Kids with Cancer® program raises funds in schools, churches, offices and organizations to help fund childhood cancer research.

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is the legacy of eight-year-old Connor Cruse of Frisco who lost his four-year battle with neuroblastoma in 2009. TeamConnor has awarded $1.7 Million in funding for childhood cancer research and patient programs across the country since 2008.  

Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes. In the United States, cancer kills more children every year than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined. Yet, the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to serving families, building awareness, and raising funds for research to help cure childhood cancer.

For more information on how to join the fight against childhood cancer, please visit teamconnor.org or Facebook.com/TeamConnor.  

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Concerts By The Creek

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is hosting a free concert September 12 in Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, located at US 75 and Bethany in Allen, to promote National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Neo Camerata, the unique multi-cultural classical band, will perform from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, September 12, in conjunction with Concerts by the Creek in Watters Creek. Neo Camerata’s “new classical” sound has people buzzing on both the classical and pop sides of the music business.  At 8 p.m., special guests will pay tribute to children currently battling childhood cancer and remember those who have lost their battle with a moment of silence. Participants are invited to spread a blanket on the lawn or dine on the patio at one of the restaurants surrounding the park while listening to Neo Camerata. 

“Every year thousands of children are diagnosed with cancer,” said Joy Cruse, founder of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “Sadly, there has only been one drug in the last 21 years developed to fight childhood cancer. We need more awareness regarding the devastating impact that cancer has on children. The drugs used to treat children were developed for adults. With more awareness and funds, we can encourage researchers to find new treatments specifically for children battling cancer.”

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the Texas Rangers’ Childhood Cancer Awareness Night September 16; Color Me Green 5K October 3; Northwestern Mutual 5th Annual Clay Shoot November 5 and the III Forks Golf Classic & Auction Dinner on May 3-4, 2016.  In addition, TeamConnor’s national Coins for Kids with Cancer® program raises funds in schools, churches, offices and organizations to help fund childhood cancer research.

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is the legacy of eight-year-old Connor Cruse of Frisco, who lost his four-year battle with neuroblastoma in 2009. TeamConnor has awarded $1.7 Million in funding for childhood cancer research and patient programs across the country since 2008. 

Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes. In the United States, cancer kills more children every year than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined. Yet, the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to serving families, building awareness, and raising funds for research to help cure childhood cancer.

For more information on how to join the fight against childhood cancer please visit teamconnor.org or Facebook.com/TeamConnor.